All members of the Australian Entertainment Industry are invited to participate in a research project entitled “Working in the Australian entertainment industry: Key factors in longevity and transition”. This project is being conducted by Entertainment Assist in association with a research team at the College of Arts, Victoria University, and aims to provide key insights into the reality of the health and financial circumstances of many working within the industry.
We need our entertainment industry brothers and sisters to participate in confidential interviews and/or a major online survey. Please help us by distributing this email to your colleagues, staff and database or including details in your next newsletter or publication. Want to have your say? Then register your interest in participating in this exciting research project.
Industry wide research, embracing all sectors of the performing arts from performers to support crew, has never before been undertaken in Australia or internationally. Entertainment Assist has engaged a research team at the College of Arts, Victoria University, to undertake the research project which will identify the risk factors for industry workers including (but not limited to) dancers, musicians, actors, comedians, circus performers, directors, producers, technicians and backstage workers.
The project will be conducted over three phases starting with qualitative comprehensive face to face interviews with representatives from all aspects of the industry followed by a large scale online industry survey. In the third phase, the findings will be used to develop support and education to prevent and/or diminish the effects of the pitfalls of working in the industry.
“Having worked in this industry as both a performer and crew member, I’m thrilled to see such an investment being made to shed light on how many within the Australian Entertainment Industry manage insecure work and maintain health and well-being. The research will provide an evidence base for targeted support and prevention programs vital to the future health and well being of industry workers both in front of, and behind, the camera lens and stage curtain.” Shane Jacobson, Entertainment Assist Patron and Entertainer
The research project calls for industry support and invites anyone who would like to participate in the research, learn more, or obtain the results, to visit Entertainment Assist’s new industry portal www.entertainmentassist.org.au.